Birth of The Gyalsey, The Prince of Bhutan

drawing by BSF

drawing by BSF

Thousands of butter lamps burn throughout the country today, in celebration of the Birth of Bhutan’s little Prince, the Gyalsey, and the good health of His Mother, Her Majesty, the Gyaltsuen Jetsun Pema.

The Gyalsey was born at Lingkana Palace late last night, the 5th of February, 2016, into the arms of his adoring father, His Majesty Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck. The Great Fourth welcomed His Royal Highness soon after birth and the extended Royal Family was gathered together at the Palace to celebrate the Son that will continue the honorable lineage of the Wangchuck Dynasty.

Born in the year of the Male Fire Monkey, the zodiac predicts the child to be cheerful, energetic, and flexible. People under the sign of the Monkey are wise, intelligent, confident, charismatic, loyal, inventive, and have exceptional leadership skills. Monkey people born in the evening are honest, loyal to friends, zealous, well favored and always give alms to the poor. They are people who will finish what they start: in work they are faithful in the performance of their duties.

The Dratshang (Monastic Body) is performing traditional ceremonies in Dzongs and Lhakhangs across the Kingdom in honor of the Royal Birth. The Tsugla Lopon explains the auspicious phenomenon of the Gyalsey’s birth saying, “Just as we devote ourselves to the Buddha in his various forms, images, and manifestations, we accept with complete conviction that our Gyalsey is a Bodhisattva in real life form” While we offer prostrations, butter lamps, and prayers for the health and good fortune of the Royal Family and the Bhutanese people, we are practicing the tendryil—the interdependence of all things. By understanding our relationship to each other and to all living things, we, as Buddhists, acknowledge that we are part of something far greater than ourselves; we acknowledge that the birth of our Gyalsey is the karmic reward for our collective merit.

We celebrate this auspicious occasion not as a Nation, but as a family. Our joy is not that of a bystander happy to witness the growth of a family far removed from our own. Our joy is the joy of the Gyeltsuen; the joy of the Druk Gyalpo; the joy of the Royal Family. Today we all became new mothers, fathers and grandparents. Today we welcome a son and a brother. Today we celebrate together, as a family, the birth of a child that represents far more than a baby boy. Today we celebrate the future of our Nation.

As prayer flags are hung, and the sounds of horns and chanting monks resonate through the valleys, Yeewong and the people of Bhutan rejoice with full hearts for the continued happiness and health of Their Majesties and for the assured future of our Great Kingdom.

Tashi Delek to us all!

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